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NEWS: Doug Martin to get bulk of carries in Week 4 against PIT?

SMITTY: This is great news, but hopefully the guy can stay healthy looking-forward. Given that Rainey lost two fumbles last week, it’s a reasonably safe bet that Tampa Bay will feed Martin the rock just as long as he can handle it. In an attempt to play things conservative, expect fantasy RB2-type numbers out of Martin for a bit, but know that he is fantasy RB1-capable if healthy and rolling. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Doug Martin and Jamaal Charles return to practice?

SMITTY: Hopefully these two studs make it back onto the field in Week 4. The odds are decent considering both had a shot at playing last week… You have to think that Bobby Rainey fumbled his opportunity away in Week 3, so don’t expect a timeshare Tampa just as long as Doug Martin can stay on the field. Jamaal Charles owners shouldn’t worry about Charles being unseated by anyone talent-wise, but it is possible that the Chiefs play it cautious with Charles this week given how well Davis has been playing… keep tabs on both these situations as we head into Week 4. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Roddy White and Doug Martin both inactive for Week 3; Bobby Rainey a RB1 this week and Harry Douglas a sneaky fantasy WR3?

SMITTY: Bobby Rainey is a fantasy RB1 against a Falcons rushing defense that gives up over 150 rushing yards per game and has surrendered 5TDs through the first two weeks. Get Roddy White out of your line-up, and consider Harry Douglas as a spot play this week if you’re in need. Even if you don’t own White, Douglas is a sneaky start if desperate at your fantasy WR3. Julio Jones owners better get ready for a big Week 3! Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Bobby Rainey expected to start Week 3 tonight; Doug Martin (knee) unlikely to play?

SMITTY: This is huge news for Bobby Rainey owners, as that Falcons defense is giving 150+ rushing yards per game on the ground, and has surrendered 5TDs through the first two weeks. Be sure to check back last-minute to ensure that Martin is sitting, but all indications are that Rainey will hold low-end RB1-type value in Week 3. Make sure Rainey isn’t available on your waiver wire still! Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Doug Martin would have practiced today had the Bucs held a practice?

According to reports, Bucs coach Lovie Smith suggested that if the Bucs held a practice on Monday, Doug Martin (knee) would have participated.

SMITTY: This is solid news for Martin owners, although, even if he can go on Thursday night, Martin might not be in for a full workload. It obviously hurts Bobby Rainey’s upside if Martin plays, so keep tabs on this one, as that Falcons match-up is gold for whomever starts (and if they get starter carries). Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

RADIO: Listen to Russ Bliss and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2!

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2 of the 2014 fantasy football season! Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 9/9/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Cordarrelle Patterson, Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice, Justin Forsett, Jordan Cameron, Pierre Garcon, Roddy White, Josh Gordon, Wes Welker, Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, Bobby Rainey, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin, Joique Bell, Chris Ivory, Keenan Allen

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NEWS: Doug Martin (knee) not seriously hurt?

According to reports, Bucs RB Doug Martin (knee) is not considered seriously hurt.

SMITTY: His knee/leg injury is actually being called “minor” and it’s said that he could have gone back in to the game in Week 1 if he had to. This is great news for those fearing the worst here, but be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so that you get alerted immediately should anything change. We are still a bit cautious with Martin’s Week 2 projections, but he remains a risky low-end RB1 heading into Weeks 2-16.

NEWS: RB Doug Martin did not finish Week 1.

According to reports, Bucs RB Doug Martin rushed just 9 times for 9 yards and pulled in 1 pass for 7 yards in Week 1; he exited the game with a knee injury.

SMITTY: We will keep you posted once we know more, but this isn’t a good thing. Martin didn’t want to speak to the injury until he found out more, so it’s time to get a tad bit worried at least. For more on this, and what to do if you’re a Doug Martin owner, be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts.

NEWS: Doug Martin a top 5RB in terms of pure talent?

According to ESPN’s Christopher Harris, Bucs RB Doug Martin is a top 5RB in the NFL based on ‘pure talent.’

SMITTY: It’s an interesting take on the bounce-back candidate, and before anyone jumps all over this analysis, it’s important to keep in mind that Martin was a top 5ish overall pick heading into last off-season. The guy got hurt, it happens. There still is a chance he is a top 5-10 fantasy running back, and with no real competition behind him, his top 22-25 overall ADP is looking pretty solid right now. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Doug Martin expected to be the bell cow in TB?

According to multiple reports, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith has recently called Doug Martin the team’s bell cow heading into 2014.

SMITTY: While this is logical, there were some concerns about a RBBC developing in Tampa Bay this upcoming season after the drafting of rookie RB Charles Sims. Since the rookie suffered his ankle injury, Doug Martin is looking more and more like a very underrated low-end RB1 heading into 2014. How so? His ADP is in the 3.01-3.03 range, which is rather low-risk/high-reward if you ask us. Don’t draft him higher than you need to, as that’s how you minimize the risk with Martin. Looking for Doug Martin Week 1 Power Rankings?